Chateau du Tertre 2016

Chateau du Tertre 2016

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With its history dating back to 1143, the estate was originally known as Tertre d'Arsac because it was a large hill in Arsac. There has been many owners spanning the thousand year history of the estate but one of the more notable is Pierre Mitchell. He was a glass blower and in the 1700, some of Chateau Du Tertre was estate bottled thanks to his ability to make glass bottles. This is hundreds of years before other wineries started estate bottling. There was another long string of owners without anything important to note. In 1961 Philippe Gasqueton purchased the estate. He was the owner of Chateau Calon Segur in St. Estephe. He replanted the estate and modernized the wine making facilities. Upon his death in 1995. his widow sold the estate to Eric and Louise Jelgersma who own Chateau Giscours. The 2 properties are separated by a small stream.


The vineyard area extends approximately 50 hectares consisting of the grape varieties of 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot, with vines averaging about 35 years
Wine Spectator: 93
Bright and engaging, with lots of bay, savory and tobacco notes out front, backed by lively plum, cherry and raspberry coulis flavors. The sleek, mineral-edged finish pulls the fruit and herb elements together. Distinctive.
Wine Advocate: 92
The 2016 Du Tertre is a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot picked from 27 September until 19 October. Estate manager Alexandre van Peek told me that this represents one of the highest levels of Cabernet Sauvignon in recent years. Matured in 35% new oak, it has a harmonious bouquet with pure blackberry, raspberry and mineral scents that are neat and well defined. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp tannin, quite saline on the entry, understated at first, but gaining weight in the mouth and delivering a precise and minerally, classic Margaux finish. All it's missing is the persistence on the finish. It just seems to rush out the exit door before you've really gotten to know it. Hopefully it will develop that side during barrel maturation.
Decanter: 92
A beautifully smooth, silky du Tertre in 2016, with an emphasis on subtle spicing, full of subtle but unmistakably exotic black chocolate, white pepper and cloves. Elegant and slightly restrained with generously silky tannins, a lovely wine.
Wine Enthusiast: 96
Made by the same team as Giscours, this is a fine wine. Its rich structure combines with acidity and dense, plummy fruit to give a wine that charms now but is sure to age well.
Vinous: 92
The 2016 du Tertre is soft, pliant and quite expressive. Sweet red cherry, white pepper, herbs, iron and smoke give the wine its distinctive savory personality. The 2016 is medium in body, yet offers lovely depth and midpalate pliancy. Floral notes and bright acids add freshness on a finish supported by firm tannins and creamy, expansive fruit. The 2016 is a terrific du Tertre. Tasted two times.
James Suckling: 95
A dense and tight red with currants, blueberries and hints of walnuts. Changes from pure fruit and then back to wet earth. The purity in the cabernet, the linear tannins and the drive with acidity behind it makes it one of the best Tertres ever. Better than 2015?